Located inside Raffles City Shopping Centre at City Hall MRT is a very interesting restaurant from Taiwan. Sufood offers a completely vegetarian menu, but it’s not based on the Chinese vegetarian. Opened here in 2014, I have never stepped in there until now.
When a Westerner tell a Chinese that one are vegetarian, the Chinese friend would not be thinking about the vegan lifestyle that the West has come to embrace. Chinese vegetarian involves mimicking the meat eating habits by producing ingredients that imitate the texture and taste of meat, like Lianhua Vegetarian in Chaozhou. Sufood is the Western vegan options.
Everything is made from fresh ingredients and each dish is well balanced of flavours, fibre and nutrition. There’s no ala carte menu, you pick from either 4/6/8 courses.
The 8-course dinner was still reasonably priced and so we decided to go for the full experience. You are given three fixed courses of handmade rosemary breadsticks (every set meal included this), an appetiser (more like an amuse bouche), and a mulberry cider (non-alcoholic) to cleanse the system before you eat.
The appetiser is made up of three small amuse bouche – mountain yam with blueberry coulis, oriental white water greens and cherry tomato jelly. Sweet, sour and more sweet and sour. I don’t taste anything savoury. The breadstick was a bit stale when we ate there. Not a good start.
Apparently, they employ the “rule of five”. They use 5 groups of vegetables and fruits, which are classified by their colour, so that their food will look “sunny, comfy, tasty, simply, and lively.” These adjectives are matched by the colours yellow, white, purple, green and red respectively, and they really do show on the plate.
Energised Salad with Avocado & Macadamia
Energised Salad with the combined mix of macadamia nuts, avocados, roasted sweet potatoes, cherry tomatoes, leafy vegetables and beet made it a texture bomb. Those chunks of roasted sweet potatoes paired with the zesty yoghurty dressing were enjoyable.
Roasted Sweet Potato with Corn & Macadamia Salad
You have choices of hearty Italian soup or clear Chinese double boiled soup. We went for the Italian choices.
‘Cappuccino’ Pumpkin Soup
Cream of Black Truffle Soup
Flavours were adequate and further enhanced with a drizzle of truffle oil, but it was a bit too watery for my liking.
Made into a pretty star shaped, the Hawaiian Pizza has an additional ingredient to comply with the 5 elements rule – broccoli and red pepper. Very rich and tasty, but the quality of the cheese used needed to be upgraded.
Broccoli & Pumpkin Curry Risotto
The curry flavour made the yearning for meat at this stage of dinner slightly disappeared.
Nothing to shout about with this dessert.
Most of the food dishes healthy, or too healthy of those who are used to heavy-tasting foods in Singapore. While the main influence is Italian, there’s no hiding of the Taiwanese culinary training in the cooking. No artificial flavourings or MSG – therefore all very plain and light. But with the wallet-friendly pricing, chic decor, central location and sincere Taiwanese style of service, I would recommend this place to all my vegan friends visiting Singapore.
Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Road,#02-19, Singapore 179103
Tel : (65) 6333 5338
Date Visited : Oct 2017